With decluttering and tidying up trends taking over, make 2019 special by cleaning out your home or business in an eco-friendly fashion. Whether you’re getting a head start on spring cleaning or are recently inspired by Netflix star Marie Kondo’s tidying methods, we have some helpful ideas on where to share your goods when they are no longer sparking joy in your life. Here are a few organizations that accept donated goods, from electronics to glasses. Declutter and give your goods a brand-new home!
CLOTHING
Have a closet full of business suits or shoes worn only a handful of times? Perhaps you work in the trades and have unwanted tool belts and hard hats left over?
Working Gear | This Vancouver-based charity accepts current, clean clothing and accessories to provide appropriate clothing at no cost to low-income, unemployed men hoping to re-enter the workforce. They accept men’s office attire, as well as construction and trades apparel and accessories. Clothing and footwear can be donated at 520 Powell Street in Vancouver from 10am-noon on Saturdays or Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm.
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The Downtown Eastside Women’s Center | Accepts gently used clothing, winter gear, blankets, footwear, purses, reading glasses, books, magazines and DVD’s. All items go directly to women in need. Goods can be dropped off: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 am-12 pm, 2-4.30 pm or Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 2-4.30 pm at 302 Columbia St in Vancouver.
dewc.ca
ELECTRONICS
The Electronic Resource Association | Unwanted and unused electronics are the largest growing items in our solid waste stream – nearly 90% of which can be recycled and reused. The Electronic Resource Association is a not-for-profit organization, which provides secure and accessible disposable options in an effort to recover, refurbish and reuse unwanted electronics. Scheduled pick up from your office is available so you don’t have to worry about hauling your goods down to the depot.
electronicrecyclingassociation.ca
FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES
Aunt Leah’s Place |  Helping kids in foster care and mothers in need with a variety of programs and initiatives for over 30 years. The organization is in need of small apartment sized furniture (such as end tables, coffee tables, chairs etc) and home décor items (including picture frames, candle holders, household ornaments etc). All donations are used for programming needs, social enterprises and homeless shelters. Donations can be dropped off at Urban Thrift and Aunt Leah’s Place during store hours or picked up at locations around the Lower Mainland. Pick-ups can be arranged by calling 604-376-7238 or completing a donation form online.
auntleahs.org
SUPPORTING FAMILY PLACES
Wesgroup is proud to host the South Vancouver Family Place at our River District Neighbourhood Center. Their sister organization, New Westminster Family Place, is currently seeking supplies, equipment and other products necessary to hosting a successful family place to the local community, including apple juice, fresh fruit, art supplies and paper products.
nwfamily.bc.ca